I'm Susannah, 18 years old, and a freshman at Yale University. If I was describing myself, I'd say my main qualities are passion and ambition. I am so ambitious and so driven that sometimes it can become a negative factor. I expect the very best of myself, and I will not let myself go through life without doing amazing things; I always worry there is not enough time to do everything that I want to!
I love creating art and telling stories; it is so intrinsically a part of who I am, and i've never questioned what I want to do with my life. Every time a friend comes over, we have a photoshoot. Photography is amazing in the sense that it combines all my favorite childhood things: playing pretend, dressing up in crazy things, talking, laughing, making art, etc.
Though many teen photographers are caught up in the craze of becoming the mainstream sort of fashion photographers, I don't believe in beauty for the sake of beauty. I want to shoot stories and concepts, because I want to communicate messages and emotions through my work (I always try to have an intentional message/narrative to communicate, or I don't feel fulfilled as an artist). I use photography and writing as mediums to windows into the inside of my head. My work explores themes of metamorphosis, adolescence, self-image, etc. The process of a photoshoot is so nerve-wracking and adrenaline-pumped that I am physically exhausted at the end of a shoot. My friends say they love to pose for me because, the few times we have a photoshoot I am really happy with, they say they never see me more ecstatic.
I seek inspiration from mythology and literature--I will devour a good story in any way, shape, or form.